UK electric vehicle mapping service Zap-Map has just unveiled Zap-Pay, a new service that enables EV drivers to use a single app to pay for charging across different networks. Engenie will be the first network available on Zap-Pay.
As the UK’s electric vehicle segment keeps growing and charging services and infrastructure are growing at a rapid pace on the British Isles, coherence and easy access play an important factor in keep electrification user-friendly. This was also noted by Rachel Maclean, UK Government Transport Minister, who said: “It should be as easy for drivers to charge their vehicles at public charge points as it is to pay for petrol or diesel. This is why I have made services, such as the one launched today, a personal priority as we transition to zero-emission vehicles.”
Zap-Map already specialises in finding EV charging stations, making it a logical addition for the app to offer payment services to their more than 100k users, instead of requiring them to switch to whatever system the local charging provider is using. Engenie is to be only the first charging network to join in the app combiner. In their press release the company promises “It will be followed by a wave of network partners, including ESB EV Solutions, LiFe and Hubsta, in the autumn, all using a simple pay-as-you-go (PAYG) tariff.” Zap-Pay will be rolled out across other UK networks in late 2020 and through 2021.
For now, Zap-Pay is actively live on ten Engenie charging points across four locations – Stratford, Gloucester, Chepstow, and Bristol. The plan is to include the rest of Engenie’s 150+ charging station network by the end of September.
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